Representative Tracy King’s HB 1325, a bill that will create a regulatory/licensing infrastructure so Texas farmers can grow hemp, has been placed on the calendar for discussion on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019. So far, this hemp legislation has moved through each stage of the process with unanimous support. Livestream link will be available here.
Federal law explicitly authorizes states to engage in the state-authorized cultivation of hemp. Over two dozen states have enacted legislation permitting licensed hemp cultivation in a manner that is compliant with federal law. It is time for Texas to create a program that will help our agricultural communities.
Donate to support our work at the Capitol! Now is a crucial time. We only have till May 27th to advance this important policy.
Two other pieces of priority legislation is still alive. Here are updates and actions you can take on them:
Penalty Reduction Update: After passing overwhelmingly in the House with bipartisan support, HB 63 sits on Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s desk awaiting referral to a committee for further consideration and advancement. The bill would reduce penalties for low-level marijuana possession, preserving valuable public safety resources and keeping a marijuana charge from derailing a person’s life. Sadly, Lt. Gov. Patrick is impeding the legislative process based on his personal opinion, which is out of step with Texas and even his own political party. Email Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and ask him to reconsider his position!
Please take an additional moment to email your senator in support of HB 63.
Medical Cannabis Update: Last week the Texas House passed two limited medical cannabis bills (HB 1365 and HB 3703). Both bills have arrived in the Senate, but only one has been referred to committee for a hearing. HB 3703 is Rep. Stephanie Klick’s proposal to make low-THC cannabis available to those with all seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, and spasticity, but it leaves behind those who need THC or have an unlisted medical condition like cancer, PTSD, and severe pain.
We want a medical cannabis program that is more inclusive and doesn’t get in the way of a doctor’s ability to treat their patient. Contact your senator in support of medical cannabis!